Buffs allow only one shot on goal but standout sophomore suffers injury
The CU women’s soccer team allowed only one shot on goal in a 2-0 victory over the University of Wyoming Friday. The team is now ranked No. 21.
CU freshman Jess Quador and sophomore Nikki Keller both scored in the second half after the team had a sluggish first half. Five of CU’s seven shots were taken in the second half of the game.
“They’re not all going to be pretty, and you know, a lesser team could have succumbed to the ‘I’m not into it,'” said CU Head Coach Bill Hempen. “But they fought through it, and good teams do that, and I’m real, real proud of them.”
Quador’s goal came 74:01 into the game when she headed a free kick by Laura Munnelly into the far side of the net. Keller sealed the game with less than six minutes remaining.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kirstin Radlinski started the game, but freshman Kara Linder played the entire second half for CU.
“They’re both very good and they both need to play, and they both need to stay sharp,” Hempen said. “It was planned to do that.”
Wyoming did not get a shot on goal in the second half.
CU sophomore Michelle Wenino fell to the field holding her knee after colliding with Wyoming goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard in the first half. Wenino, who is tied for second on the team with three goals and is a big part of CU’s defense, was helped off the field and did not return.
“She’s on crutches right now,” said CU spokesperson Lindsay Lew. “Hopefully she’s okay.”
CU is finished with all non-conference games this season, and is now 7-2-2. They play conference opponents No. 8 Texas A&M Friday, and are 1-1-1 in Big 12 play this season.
“We just need to get our legs back,” said Hempen. “We’re going to train, but it’s going to be short and sweet because I want them to have as much energy as they can come Friday.”